Shantanu Maheshwari

Shantanu Maheshwari's Biography
Shantanu Maheshwari

Name: Shantanu Maheshwari

Nickname: Shaan

Birthday: 7th March 1991

Known For: Shantanu Maheshwari is known for his love for chocolate and for watching tennis, and his favourite sportsman is Roger Federer.

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 60kg

Debut Film: Gangubai Kathiawadi, Dil Dosti Dance (Television debut)

Marital Status: Unmarried

Spouse: None

Children: None

Relationships: Nityaami Shirke

Awards: Indian Television Academy Award for GR8 on Screen Couple along with Vrushika Mehta, World of Dance, L.A. 2015 Championship as part of Desi Hoppers

Zodiac: Pisces


Shantanu Maheshwari is more than just an actor. The newest entry to Bollywood is also a dancer, choreographer, and host. Maheshwari began his acting career with Dil Dosti Dance and rose to fame by essaying the role of the lead character. His chemistry with co-star Vrushika Mehta earned him widespread adulation. The pair also earned, the Indian Television Academy Awards for Onscreen Couple of the Year in 2014.

In 2015, he appeared in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, where he played the role of a cancer patient. He returned to the small screen with Vrushika Mehta in an episode of Bindass Yeh Hai Aashiqui. He has also dubbed for some episodes of Yeh Hai Aashiqui.

Later that year, Shantanu appeared in Bindass TV’s Bindass Naach.The finite series, which had appearances by Jaja Vaňková and Terence Lewis (choreographer), showcased the formation of his crew Desi Hoppers and their subsequent victory at World of Dance 2015.

Desi Hoppers became the first dance crew in history to represent India at World of Dance and win it too. The crew was invited to give a special performance on America’s Got Talent (season 11) and received praise from judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Nick Cannon.

They were later invited to give a special performance on China’s famous talk show Day Day Up. Maheshwari returned to fiction shows with MTV India’s Girls on Top (2016 TV series). In a first, Shantanu Maheshwari also played the part of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son in the movie Ra.One for the pioneer Bollywood theme park in Dubai, which opened in October 2016.

Maheshwari next participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. He was one of the most consistent performers in the show and became the most popular and strongest contender for the title. He received praise from seasoned actor Ronit Roy who called him a “winner and my star”.

Hrithik Roshan called Maheshwari a ‘flying star’. He was the second runner-up in the show. In 2017, he starred in the short film Something Like Love, which marked his foray into web-based cinema. Maheshwari was seen in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 8 as a contestant, which was hosted by Rohit Shetty.

He was the most consistent performer and was in the danger zone for the fewest times. Rohit Shetty called him the “silent killer,” and he won the show by beating Hina Khan and Ravi Dubey in the finale. Along with his dance crew Desi Hoppers, Maheshwari was invited to perform an exhibition act at the World of Dance 2017 finals in Los Angeles.

The crew also went on to perform at Asian Battleground, a cross-national dance reality show shot in Malaysia. Among the twelve dance crews that participated in the competition, Desi Hoppers came 3rd in the showcase rankings.

In the same year, Shantanu Maheshwari appeared in a Christmas – special television commercial for HP Inc. Sprocket photo printer titled “Santa is Real”. In 2018, Maheshwari appeared as the host of MTV India’s weekly episodic series ‘Love on the Run’. Maheshwari, then along with his crew Desi Hoppers participated in the world’s biggest dance reality show World of Dance (TV series), and in doing so, they became the first-ever Indian dance crew to represent India on such a big platform.

They received high praise from judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, who loved their unique style and fusion of hip-hop with Indian culture. They also scored an impressive 96 to qualify for the next round, which was also the highest score in round one. Maheshwari also gained popularity as the host of Zee TV’s reality shows India’s Best Dramebaaz, which later won the Favorite Non-Fiction Show award at Zee Rishtey Awards.

Along with his crew, Desi Hoppers, Shantanu Maheshwari gave special performances at the University of Oxford, UK. It was a part of a social entrepreneur summit, where the likes of Academy Award winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Grammy award winner Sarah McLachlan, and chief international anchor for CNN, Christiane Amanpour present.

Maheshwari has also given numerous stage performances on Indian Television Academy Awards, Radio Mirchi Top 20 & Golden Petal Awards on Colors TV,&TV It’s Diwali, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards India, DID Li’l Masters (Season 4 Finale) & Gold Awards on Zee TV, Adbhut Ganesh Utsav and Dandiya Nights over the years.

Owing to his influence on aspiring youth, IIMUN invited Shantanu to be one of the motivational speakers for the IIMUN championship conference MUNCLAVE 2019. Shantanu, along with Desi Hoppers has choreographed and directed dance performances for the Zee TV show Yeh Teri Galiyan.

Maheshwari also appeared in a promotional video by Netflix for The Umbrella Academy (TV series) with Tiku Talsania, Supriya Pilgaonkar, and Kubbra Sait. His third music video, composed by Qaran and sung by Ash King on Sony Music India named “Haaye Oye,” featuring Elli Avram opposite him, crossed 45 million views on YouTube within two weeks and trended on various music platforms.

He has performed the character of Abir Basu in Ekta Kapoor’s web series Medically Yours. The web series fetched high ratings, and Shantanu’s performance was much appreciated. He received Likee’s Digital Influencer award as the Youth Icon of the year for the same. He, along with his partner, became the finalist of Nach Baliye 9.

Shantanu Maheshwari starred opposite Alia Bhatt in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi in 2022. The film marks his debut in Bollywood.

Controversy: Shantanu Maheshwari was a part of a controversy after complaining to the creative team of Nach Baliye 9 that the judges are biased towards a few contestants. Raveena Tandon and Ahmed Khan approached him over the same and allegedly told Shantanu to have instead of going and talking to the creative team, he should have talked to them.

Latest News: Shantanu Maheshwari recently hit the headlines after opening up about his life after appearing in Gangubai Kathiawadi. He revealed that more offers have started pouring in but the actor is in no hurry.

Latest Movies: Gangubai Kathiawadi

Latest Series: Jabong Hoop Wars

Upcoming Movies: None

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